If you are noticing more and more moss developing on your home's roof, and you're not quite sure what to do about it, read on. Moss typically begins to creep in when your home's roof is well shaded, and you live in a damp, cool climate the majority of the year. Too much moisture can create damage to roofing and moss retains water extremely well, creating a double whammy. Removing the moss is critical because not only will the moisture ruin your roof, but moss harbors bacteria and other organisms that can eat away at your roof.

Do NOT Pressure Wash The Moss

Countless home owners think the best solution to rid their roof moss problem is by power washing it. This can actually cause more damage than having the moss on your roof. Power washing adds a tremendous amount of pressure that can easily lift, and remove roofing shingles. Remember, moss thrives on moisture. Even if you were careful with the power washer, the water can pool up in cracks, then aid in the moss thriving again. Pressure washing is bad news for your roof and not an effective way to keep moss from coming back.

How to Effectively Kill Moss

You do have options for how you can completely wipe out the moss on your roof. The main solution is to remove the moisture. If you live in a super most climate, you can't really effectively do this unless you are able to expose your roof to more sunlight.

Another option is to add acid to the roof. This is the most effective way to kill moss as it cannot thrive on anything acidic, so it will die. At the same time, you need to be careful about what you use and apply to your roof as acid is harmful to your roof and yourself.

DIY Acidic Moss Solutions

You can make your own homemade solution fairly easily. You can mix one part water to one part apple cider vinegar, orange juice, or lemon juice. These are all extremely acidic naturally and can rid your roof of moss.

Removing Trees to Allow More Sunlight

A last resort would be hiring a professional to remove some trees on your property. This will allow more sunlight to hit the roof and remove excess moisture. This should help with keeping the moss from growing, but if moisture is still present, there are no guarantees this method will be effective long term. If you remove the trees, you will then want to kill the moss to give your roof a fresh start, so to speak.

These options will help you get rid of the moss on your roof, but may not be a kill all, end all solution. If you have a consistent moss problem, you may want to reach out to a professional for suggestions on how to kill the moss and save your roof. Contact a company like Lakeside Roofing for more information.